I am a bigger gentelman. No, I am not the largest actor to be working out there, but I am also not going to be getting any calls at the moment for underwear modeling jobs any time soon. I know that I am in an industry where you have to find your niche, know your character, find your type. I am also lucky that I have a long line of gentelmen more on the plus side that have helped paved the way for me. Kevin Chamberlin, Josh Gad, Nathan Lane, and Zero Mostel (to name a few of the "bigger" names) have all shown that sometimes bigger is indeed better.
At the same time I really want to be able to shop at a store where they are more likely to have clothing that fits me straight off the rack rather than having to dig for the larger sizes. I currently wear a 44x32 pair of jeans (relaxed fit). Yes, it is a little roomy, and yes, I do wear a belt to ensure the pants remain where they should be.
When I am working out, I see these guys with like, 32-pack abs, pecs that could serve as a book shelf, and biceps that make one cringe with envy. I'm over there, working on core, or working on the eliptical thinking "I just want to have regularly shaped arm-pits." I did try a stint where I bought a suppliment that was supposed to "Cut belly fat. Help you shed the pounds without changing your life." This was when I learned that this mulit-billion dollar industry is filled with crap that doesn't work. Now everytime I see those adds on TV or online I look for this: *Results not typical. Reading, "Yeah, this dude dropped 1/2 his body fat in a year because he did a lot of other stuff and did our thing too."
When I searched clinically sound research, they all said the same thing. Everyone's body is different, and you have to do what works best for you. Any magic pill or diet out there might help you in the short term, but in the long term, if you want lasting changes, you need to make lasting changes.
As of next week, I will have tracked my eating and physical activity (Thanks to FitnessPal) for a year. I have steadily lost weight (though I am not sure where I am now...no scale), and kept it off....except around the holidays...but then I took it back off again.
I have come to accept that a huge life change (weight loss, starting up a career) will take time. I know that I will not be getting a call for that underwear job probably ever in my life. However, Zero, Kevin, Josh, and Nathan have all had amazing careers and will always serve as inspiration to me that I can also have a great career.